UNCASVILLE, CONN – Three days in the past, Ras Hylton wasn’t planning on combating at Bellator 242.

As an alternative, he was purported to be cornering his buddy Chris Sarro at BKFC 11 in Mississippi. However alternative knocked and Hylton (6-Four MMA, 1-Zero BMMA) answered – that chance being a short-notice battle in opposition to Rudy Schaffroth.

Friday, the Maine-based heavyweight notched his first Bellator win, within the preliminary card opener. Hylton defeated Schaffroth (6-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) by unanimous choice.

“I’ve been seeking to go to Bellator since I began my beginner profession,” Hylton instructed MMA Junkie on the post-fight information convention. “I heard it. I instantly referred to as my spouse and stated, ‘I’m sorry, honey, however I’m going to say sure. Over the course of the day, we received every part collectively. We received in contact with the matchmaker right here and it was actual. I used to be right here Wednesday.”

As actuality sunk in, Hylton turned emotional. He thanked his coaches, gyms Dragon Hearth Martial Arts and First Class MMA, and supporters.

“We’ve been making an attempt to do that for a very long time,” Hylton stated. “I’m glad I received right here. I can’t let you know how grateful I’m to everyone who helped me do it. I do know it’s me alone in that cage however there’s lots of people who made it occur.”

Hylton implied his cope with Bellator was for one figh,t however hopes the victory modifications that state of affairs. Enchancment remains to be in his plans, however Hylton has his eyes set on Bellator gold.

“I by no means need the judges to do something throughout my battle, however I assume I did sufficient tonight,” Hylton stated. “I assume I’m going to need to do extra subsequent time. I’ve been looking down a title for some time now. I misplaced my first two makes an attempt.

“Hopefully, Bellator goes to need me again once more. I do know they’ve received a badass champ. ‘Darth’ Bader, I do know I’m not prepared but however I can be. My children name me Darth Vader at dwelling and I’m prepared to take that.”

The heavyweight battle was the preliminary card opener of Bellator 242, which passed off Friday at Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, Conn. The principle card aired on Paramount Community and DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie.